Bassettbaby Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – THE U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, IN COOPERATION WITH THE FIRM NAMED BELOW, TODAY ANNOUNCED A VOLUNTARY RECALL OF THE FOLLOWING CONSUMER PRODUCT. CONSUMERS SHOULD STOP USING RECALLED PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED. IT IS ILLEGAL TO RESELL OR ATTEMPT TO RESELL A RECALLED CONSUMER PRODUCT.

NAME OF PRODUCT: BASSETTBABY DROP-SIDE CRIBS WITH EXTERNAL PLASTIC HARDWARE

UNITS: ABOUT 90,000

MANUFACTURER: BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC., OF BASSETT, VA.

HAZARD: THE CRIBS’ DROP-SIDE RAIL CAN MALFUNCTION, DETACH OR OTHERWISE FAIL, CAUSING PART OF THE DROP SIDE TO DETACH FROM THE CRIB. WHEN A DROP-SIDE RAIL PARTIALLY DETACHES, IT CREATES A SPACE BETWEEN THE DROP-SIDE AND THE CRIB MATTRESS. AN INFANT OR TODDLER’S BODY CAN BECOME ENTRAPPED IN THE SPACE, WHICH CAN LEAD TO STRANGULATION AND/OR SUFFOCATION. A CHILD ALSO CAN FALL OUT OF THE CRIB. DROP-SIDE INCIDENTS ALSO CAN OCCUR DUE TO INCORRECT ASSEMBLY AND AGE-RELATED WEAR AND TEAR.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: THE FIRM AND CPSC ARE AWARE OF 18 REPORTED INCIDENTS IN WHICH DROP-SIDES MALFUNCTIONED OR DETACHED FROM THE CRIB. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. IN ONE OF THE INCIDENTS A CHILD BECAME ENTRAPPED BETWEEN THE MATTRESS AND THE DROP-SIDE. IN THREE OF THE INCIDENTS CHILDREN FELL OUT OF THE CRIBS. THE FIRM ALSO HAS RECEIVED 154 REPORTS OF DROP-SIDE HARDWARE BREAKING DURING SHIPMENT, ASSEMBLY OR USE.

DESCRIPTION: THE RECALLED CRIBS ARE WOOD WITH A METAL MATTRESS SUPPORT AND HAVE A DROP SIDE WITH EXTERNAL PLASTIC HARDWARE. THE CRIBS WERE SOLD IN A VARIETY OF FINISHES. A LABEL IS ATTACHED TO THE FOOTBOARD OR HEADBOARD WITH THE NAMES “BASSETTBABY” OR “BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC.” AS WELL AS THE MODEL NUMBER, PRODUCTION DATE AND OTHER INFORMATION. ON SOME OLDER MODELS THE MANUFACTURER’S NAME APPEARS ON A SEPARATE LABEL.

NOTE: THIS RECALL DOES NOT INCLUDE NON DROP-SIDE CRIBS.

SOLD AT: CHILDREN’S PRODUCT STORES, AND OTHER RETAILERS NATIONWIDE AND ON-LINE FROM JANUARY 2000 THROUGH AUGUST 2010 FOR BETWEEN ABOUT $200 AND $500.

MANUFACTURED IN: CHINA, CROATIA, SLOVENIA, TAIWAN AND VIETNAM

REMEDY: CONSUMERS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY STOP USING THE RECALLED DROP-SIDE CRIBS AND CONTACT BASSETTBABY FOR A FREE KIT THAT WILL IMMOBILIZE THE DROP SIDE. IN THE MEANTIME, PARENTS ARE URGED TO FIND AN ALTERNATE, SAFE SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE CHILD, SUCH AS A BASSINET, PLAY YARD OR TODDLER BED DEPENDING ON THE CHILD’S AGE.

CONSUMER CONTACT: FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT BASSETTBABY AT (800) 308-7485 BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 6 P.M. ET, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, OR VISIT THE FIRM’S WEBSITE AT WWW.BASSETTBABY.COM

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CPSC: CPSC REMINDS PARENTS NOT TO USE ANY CRIB WITH MISSING, BROKEN OR LOOSE PARTS. MAKE SURE TO TIGHTEN HARDWARE FROM TIME TO TIME TO KEEP THE CRIB STURDY. WHEN USING A DROP-SIDE CRIB, PARENTS SHOULD CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE DROP SIDE OR ANY OTHER MOVING PART OPERATES SMOOTHLY. ALWAYS CHECK ALL SIDES AND CORNERS OF THE CRIB FOR PARTS SEPARATING THAT CAN CREATE A GAP AND ENTRAP A CHILD. IN ADDITION, DO NOT TRY TO REPAIR ANY SIDE OF THE CRIB. BABIES HAVE DIED IN CRIBS WHERE REPAIRS WERE ATTEMPTED BY CAREGIVERS. CRIB AGE IS A FACTOR IN SAFETY. AT A MINIMUM, CPSC STAFF RECOMMENDS THAT YOU NOT USE A CRIB THAT IS OLDER THAN 10 YEARS. MANY OLDER CRIBS MAY NOT MEET CURRENT VOLUNTARY STANDARDS AND CAN HAVE A VARIETY OF SAFETY PROBLEMS. CHECK IF YOUR CRIB HAS BEEN RECALLED AT WWW.CPSC.GOV

EXAMPLES OF DROP SIDE CRIBS WITH EXTERNAL PLASTIC HARDWARE RECALLED DROP-SIDE CRIB RECALLED DROP-SIDE CRIB CLOSE-UP OF EXTERNAL PLASTIC HARDWARE EXTERNAL PLASTIC HARDWARE DETAIL               EXTERNAL PLASTIC HARDWARE DETAIL MODELS INCLUDED IN RECALL TO REPAIR
STYLE NUMBERPRODUCT DESCRIPTION
5091-0604MISSION SINGLE
5591-0604MISSION SINGLE
5991-0604MISSION SINGLE
5891-0604MISSION SINGLE
5092-0604MISSION BAY SINGLE
5592-0604MISSION BAY SINGLE
5892-0604MISSION BAY SINGLE
5992-0604MISSION BAY SINGLE
5093-0604CAPE COD SINGLE
5093-0621CAPE COD 4 N 1
5593-0604CAPE COD SINGLE
5593-0621CAPE COD 4 N 1
5893-0604CAPE COD SINGLE
5893-0621CAPE COD 4 N 1
5993-0604CAPE COD SINGLE
5993-0621CAPE COD 4 N 1
5693-0621CAPE COD 4 N 1
5765-0504WOODLANDS SINGLE
5919-0620BEL-AIRE 3 N 1
5100-0522TERRACE PARK 3 N 1
5026-0620PARSON RIDGE 4 N 1
5026-0504PARSON RIDGE SINGLE
5062-0504SHENANDOAH SINGLE
5062-0620SHENANDOAH 4 N 1
5862-0620SHENANDOAH 4 N 1
5089-0504CHIMNEY CORNERS SINGLE
5446-0504HIDDEN HILLS SINGLE
5935-0521NEW HAVEN 3 N 1
5936-0521NEW HAVEN 3 N 1
5405-0620RICHMOND PARK 3 N 1
5960-0604COTTAGE SINGLE
5960-0604QCOTTAGE SINGLE
5665-0621TIMBER CREEK 4 N 1
5665-0621FTIMBER CREEK 4 N 1
5665-0621STIMBER CREEK 4 N 1
5666-0621TIMBER CREEK 4 N 1
5666-0621STIMBER CREEK 4 N 1
5760-0604MISSION SINGLE
5860-0604COTTAGE SINGLE
5860-0620COTTAGE 3 N 1
5104-0514LAKE WOOD SINGLE
5401-0504LAKE WOOD SINGLE
5871-0621WINSOR 4 N 1
5871-0621WWINSOR 4 N 1
5714-0504ENGLISH MANOR SINGLE

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